Sample video of me on my '67 Holton Collegiate

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  1. ButchA

    ButchA Pianissimo User

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    Hey guys...

    I made a quick You Tube video the other day of me with my old school band '67 Holton Collegiate trumpet playing on a Bach 3C mouthpiece. I am doing a version of the old Gershwin tune "Someone To Watch Over Me", and tried my best to play it as good as I could.

    A couple of quick points...

    • I am a "comeback player" and haven't been seriously playing or even practicing the basics in years.
    • I'm definitely not a pro or even a semi-pro. I am just me...
    • I have a complete upper denture plate.
    • Very recent: I was fighting off a cold in the video too. I must have picked it up from one of the little munchkins on my school bus.
    Lastly, the video is sort of a what-you-see-is-what-you-get type of thing. I just winged it and ramble on and say "you know" quite a few times. :oops: If you want to skip that section, jump ahead to about 1:55 or 2:00 in the video to see me actually playing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWkcyfhDu48

    Advice? Suggestion? Constructive criticism?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dale Proctor

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    Not bad...I'd suggest you work on long tones. Center the notes, support each note all the way to the end of the count, and work on a clean attack that hits the note dead center.
     
  3. ButchA

    ButchA Pianissimo User

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    Thank you... That's what I was wondering. I have an Arban's book that I am going through little by little, so I can become a better player.
     
  4. Dale Proctor

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    You're welcome. Sorry you haven't gotten any more responses. I still hit Arban's almost every time I practice - in addition to the technical stuff, I sometimes spend time on the first few exercises just to make sure I remember to maintain a good, solid tone while I'm playing. If you're persistent, good things will come.
     
  5. AKtrumpet

    AKtrumpet Piano User

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    Sounds great. It appears to me that you have a solid concept of what you want to sound like. Long tones are it.
     
  6. Sethoflagos

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    Ditto Dale's post. Just go through the Arban exercises one by one, until you get beyond merely finding the notes, and can work on making them sound good!
     

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